Member of the Month: Jimmy Boone
From an assisted walker to freedom, Member of the month, Jimmy Boone’s Story
What the staff has to say about Jimmy:
I can remember doing Jimmy’s initial intake for the Rock Steady boxing program. He walked in the door with the assistance of his son and his walker. We went through the initial consult and I heard the frustration in his voice as he took me through his story of a doctor getting his Parkinson’s meds all wrong and how debilitating it was for him. He had days as he tried to get his meds right where he couldn’t even stand up and walk on his own. He came to join the Rock Steady boxing program on the recommendation of his doctor and it’s been amazing watching him regain a huge level of freedom from his disease. It’s been months since I’ve seen the walker and I can’t be more happy for Jimmy and the progress he’s made fighting back against his disease!
In my eyes, Jimmy’s earned member of the month accolades for many reasons. First, his consistancy in attending class on a weekly basis. He’s the only rock steady client who attends 3x a week and it shows! Since he’s been enrolled in rock steady, he’s been an amazing asset to the dynamic of the class, he’s lost 20 lbs, and he can move a lot better than when he first started.
Over the past few months, he’s excelled in improving a lot of aspects stolen by PD, he’s running back and forth across the mats, he’s improved his balance, and his mobility is much better. And above all, Jimmy does whatever is asked of him regardless of his confidence in his ability to do it, he ALWAYS tries and he NEVER complains.
The thing I’ve notice the most is his overall wellbeing. He has energy, he always has a smile on his face, and his confidence has skyrocketed. He told me about 2 months ago, “Kylie, you saved my life”, and as happy as that makes me to hear and honored as I am to help him with his journey, the credit is all Jimmy’s.
Want to find out more about Jimmy’s journey from her own words? Check out his responses below!
- How did you originally hear about us?
I found you on the internet searching for Rock Steady Boxing for Parkinson’s Disease
- What prompted you to seek us out once hearing about us?
My doctor was the one who insisted on me starting the RSB program due to my PD.
- What was your initial goal when you signed up with us?
I wanted to be more active, and independent. I would go to my doctor and she would almost kill me doing the tests.
- What was holding you back from achieving this goal (before you joined)?
My new doctor gave me new meds and they caused me to crash hard. It was very hard to stand on my own let alone be able to do everyday things.
- Has this goal changed since you joined KORE Wellness? If yes, what is your new goal?
No, I want to stay active and continue to improve.
- Now that you’re working on/have achieved this goal, has your view of yourself changed?
Yes, I feel more capable of doing things. Age will always be a factor, but I can do a lot more now than I used to. For example, I used to need a walker on bad days, now it’s been months since I used it.
- How do you feel about your future health?
I feel pretty good and a lot better health-wise now.
- What have you liked best about working with us?
Getting to know everyone in the class with me. There are no 2 people alike when it comes to Parkinson’s Disease.
- What would you say to someone who is struggling with the same goal(s)?
“You’ve just got to get up and do it!” For me 2 days/week isn’t enough.